Spinners Bobby Smith Passes
March 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM (PT)
ROBERT "BOBBY" SMITH, the original main lead singer of THE SPINNERS has passed. SMITH has been the group’s main lead singer since its inception, back when they were known as THE DETROIT SPINNERS.
SMITH sang lead on their first hit song “That’s What Girls Are Made For” in 1961. He also sang lead on many of their hits when the group moved to MOTOWN RECORDS in the '60s, including “Truly Yours” and “I’ll Always Love You.” Some of THE SPINNERS’ greatest hits came when they moved to ATLANTIC RECORDS, which included “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” and “Then Came You,” which also featured DIONNE WARWICK.
With the death of BOBBY SMITH, along with fellow SPINNERS members BILLY HENDERSON who died in 2007 and bass singer PERVIS JACKSON, who passed in 2008, HENRY FAMBROUGH is the last remaining original member and is still performing with THE SPINNERS. BOBBY SMITH was 76. Funeral arrangements are pending.